"You and your company are a treasure and more than a pleasure
to work with"
- Dennis Aebersold
Golden Witch Technologies, Inc. was conceived while
I was undergoing my bamboo rodmaking apprenticeship with Daryll
Whitehead in Seattle. The
difficulty of finding top notch tools and components was readily
apparent, so Erica and I decided to found a company oriented
toward the needs of custom rodmakers and the anglers who appreciate custom
tackle. What started before meeting Daryll as a custom graphite rod company,
Golden Witch Rods, has merged with our passion for bamboo rodmaking.
Once a sole proprietorship, Golden Witch incorporated in 1998 and has
been growing strong ever since.
The demand for custom rods, especially custom bamboo rods which appreciate
in value as the years pass, has allowed me to continue making rods
even as Golden Witch serves the needs of other rodmakers around the
world. Quite simply, there is a greater demand for custom
tackle than there are craftsman who can sate that demand. As a practicing
rodmaker, I am intimately aware of the needs that rodmakers have - needs
for better tools, for better components, for better service. These needs
drive the innovation at Golden Witch. Working with our team of rodmakers,
anglers, historians, artists, and engineers, our staff is constantly creating
new products and re-inventing old standards. We are re-investing in R&D,
thus when you become a client, you actively help us to create new products
that will serve your needs. You also help us to keep a host of craftsmen
and women employed. Most of our tools and components are made in shops
that employ fewer than five craftspeople. These are folks dedicated to
their art and working with them is an absolute pleasure. Whether a given
item is made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Sweden, in France, in England
- you can know it was made by the most talented individual in his or her
field. The pride of craftsmanship shows in the products we sell.
Working within a niche "industry" we become quite familiar with our clients
and their needs. You are the folks who make working in this niche
both challenging and unfailingly enjoyable. Your standards are high
and we strive every day to meet or exceed your expectations. We also work
to ensure that we're doing our part to help preserve the craft and the
reason for our craft. We regularly make donations to groups who promote
rodmaking and rodmaking education, including museums and rodmaking conclaves.
We support organizations who serve as watchdogs for our waterways, ranging
from TU and FFF, both nationally and locally, to the smallest of
backyard groups, our local Middle Creek Watershed Association.
Please explore our website and read our catalogs. We want to earn
your business. Let us know how we can work together with you to achieve
Russ & Erica
PS - To the English majors, apologies for switching between plural & singular
first person pronouns within this web site."We" generally refers to the
entirety of Golden Witch including its owners and staff. "I" refers just
to me (Russ) and my doings with the company. I'm not pompous enough
to use the royal we - I leave such appellations to kings & fools. I
make this note because of concerns that have been raised in the past by
visitors to the web site who were taken aback by this seeming incongruity.